Cigno has opened in La Ermita, the historic center of Merida, Mexico. Conceived to appeal to the sensibilities of contemporary nomads, the boutique hotel occupies a stately 19th-century Yucatecan mansion transformed by architect Roger González to accentuate its neoclassical grandeur alongside modern interventions.
“The idea, from the beginning, was to rescue the original house and create a contemporary lodging concept with a strong traditional sense of the city, leader in quality in all senses,” says González. He adds that the property stands out thanks to the “originality of all its parts and being outside the current trends that dominate the hotel sector of the Yucatan peninsula, a region that has always been characterized as being the spearhead of hotel design trends.”
Refurbishments are enhanced by chukum, an ancient technique for working with stucco that was employed in the construction of the Mayan pyramids. The technique adorns the property with a rustic hue that complements its original friezes and moldings. Natural textures and organic materials, like tropical woods, characterize furniture and décor found throughout Cigno, imbuing the hotel with a sense of place through local craftsmanship.
Public areas—including the library and a pool terrace shaded by lush vegetation—promote relaxation, while restaurant Cocina and bars in the lobby and on the terrace serve as convivial social hubs. The clandestine Aljibe wine cellar is also housed in the property’s cistern, which was unearthed during the renovation.
Each of Cigno’s 10 accommodations feature pure white walls accented by terracotta tones and blue-tinted tile floors laid in a “cannage” motif reflective of the vernacular of haciendas nestled into the jungles. Wooden beams infuse a noble authenticity into each chamber as well.